Jets QB Sam Darnold's Mono Could Reportedly Keep Him Out Up to 7 Weeks

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The hits just keep on coming for the New York Jets, and it’s only Week 2.

On Thursday, quarterback Sam Darnold was ruled out for this week’s Monday Night Football game against the Cleveland Browns due to mononucleosis, and would likely miss multiple weeks.

On Sunday morning, the picture became a bit clearer on just how much time Darnold may actually miss.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Darnold is expected to miss somewhere between three to seven weeks as he recovers from the illness, and it sounds like it is more likely to be the latter. Rapoport added that a Week 5 return is “overly optimistic” based on what he has heard.

That would leave the Jets six games without their starting quarterback, setting up a Week 9 return against the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 3.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen, however, reported Sunday that Darnold is "already feeling better" and that he will have more scans to monitor his spleen over the next week.

Darnold may have begun experiencing symptoms during last week’s 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The 22-year-old did not look sharp, throwing for just 175 yards and a touchdown while completing 28 of 41 passes.

The Jets will turn to backup Trevor Siemian this week, who has not played a snap in a regular season NFL game since 2017.

The Jets also enter Monday night’s game without two key defensive players in C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams as they are sidelined with injuries. Running back Le’Veon Bell is also listed as questionable on the injury report with a shoulder injury, which required an MRI.

However, Bell said on Twitter after his MRI that his shoulder is “fine” and that he is ready to go for Monday night.